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Sicomin Earns USDA Bio-based Product Label

13 February 2018

Sicomin has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio-based Product label.

The product, SR GreenPoxy 56/SD GP 505V2 epoxy resin, is now able to display a USDA label that highlights its percentage of bio-based content.

The following Sicomin products have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product Label:

  • SR GreenPoxy 33/SD 4999 with 26% bio-based content;
  • SR GreenPoxy 56/SD Surf Clear with 36% bio-based content;
  • SR GreenPoxy 56/SD GP 505V2 with 52% bio-based content;
  • SR Surf Clear EVO/SD EVO MEDIUM with 30% bio-based content.

Third-party verification for a product's bio-based content is administered through the USDA.

BioPreferred Programme is an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Programme is to increase the development, purchase and use of bio-based products.

The USDA Certified Bio-based Product label displays a product's bio-based content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilising renewable, bio-based materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Bio-based products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Bio-based products are cost-comparative, readily available and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

"We applaud Sicomin for earning the USDA Certified Bio-based Product label,” says Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Programme. “Products from Sicomin are contributing to an ever expanding market place that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities and decreases our reliance on petroleum."

According to a report that USDA released in 2015, bio-based products contributed $369 billion to the US economy in 2013 and support, directly and indirectly, 4 million jobs. The same report found that bio-based products also displace approximately 300 million gallons of petroleum per year in the US, which is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road. The increased production of renewable chemicals and bio-based products contributes to the development and expansion of the US bio economy, where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals and materials.

The USDA Certified Bio-based Product label communicates a product's bio-based content. Expressed as a percentage, bio-based content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. Approximately 2,800 products have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product label as of August 2016.






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